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WIZARDS' YELLOW BRICK ROAD IS CROWDED, BUT EASY TO GET TO

          The day after the MCI Center officially opened,
     officials met "to see what needed adjusting," according to
     Montgomery & Heath of the WASHINGTON POST.  Traffic inside
     the building was at the "top of the list," after "choke
     points" developed at various spots in the arena, and some
     fans reached "places they weren't supposed to, such as the
     carpeted club level.  As for outside traffic, "[h]eavy use"
     of Metro made "getting to and from the arena easy."  The
     10,200 people who reportedly took the Metro was a "near
     bull's-eye" on city Metro and Washington Sports Chair Abe
     Pollin's target figure (WASHINGTON POST, 12/4).  Pollin
     appeared on NBC's "Today" with Willard Scott, with Scott
     giving Pollin a kiss on the cheek for his birthday, which
     was yesterday.  Scott, on the MCI Center: "It is not just
     beautiful, it's a tourist attraction" (NBC, 12/4).

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